After George Osborne was embarrassed for being unable to tell the select committee when he last bought a Greggs pasty, other senior politicos were busily establishing their own fast food credentials.
Ed Miliband was interviewed outside a Greggs shop and David Cameron could recall exactly where he bought a more upmarket West Cornwall Pasty Company product.
Except he couldn’t. He said it was at their shop on Leeds station, but the company confirmed that it had closed in 2007. So red faces all round.
I’m surprised that Labour hasn’t called for a full independent inquiry into ‘Pastygate’. That is the usual response, providing retired judges with a second career even more lucrative than their first.
The one thought that occurred to me about this whole hot food business is how delighted football fans must be to pay 20% more for their half-time pie in order to fund the 5% tax break for the players on the pitch.
Elsewhere in government blunderland, Francis Maude told the public that they shouldn’t panic over the prospect of the fuel delivery drivers’ strike and the public took this as a clear sign that they should indeed panic.
The advice coming out of Westminster was bizarre to say the least. The three-point strategic plan seemed to be:
- Rush to a petrol station now and fill up your tank.
- Keep on topping up your tank at every opportunity.
- Store jerry cans of petrol in your garage.
It was no surprise then that there were queues at the pumps and petrol stations running dry, a situation that isn’t going to change if people follow suggestion two.
As for point three, apart from being dangerous, it is also illegal to store more than a couple of gallons this way and the government was pretending that it had said no such thing by the end of the day.
Below is an interview from Radio Five Live in which Peter Allen tries unsuccessfully to get energy minister, Charles Hendry, to mention the words ‘jerry can’. It’s a classic example of cringe-worthy political obfuscation.